2022 Cardinals Hall of Fame Ballot Nominees Announced

photo: George Hendrick, Matt Morris, Edgar Renteria, Matt Holliday

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals have revealed Steve Carlton, George Hendrick, Matt Holliday, Matt Morris, and Edgar Renteria as the modern players nominated for possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones.  Fans can view the 2022 Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot and cast their selections online starting Saturday, March 5, at cardinals.com/HOF.

The modern player with the most votes after fan voting concludes on Friday, April 15, will be selected for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame during an enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, August 27.  The full 2022 Cardinals Hall of Fame Induction Class, which will include a veteran player chosen by the Red Ribbon Committee and a Cardinals organization selection, will be announced during a televised special program on Bally Sports Midwest in late April or early May.

“The annual Hall of Fame Induction process continues to connect generations of Cardinals fans,” said Cardinals Chairman and CEO, Bill DeWitt Jr.  “I want to thank the Red Ribbon Committee for helping us navigate this process and for caring so much about Cardinals history.”

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was established to recognize the exceptional careers and significant achievements of the greatest players in Cardinals history.  To be eligible, the nominees must have played for the Cardinals for at least three seasons and be retired as a player from Major League Baseball for at least three years.

All 47 members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame are permanently enshrined in the Cardinals Hall of Fame Gallery presented by Edward Jones located on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village, just outside the entrance to the team’s museum.  The Hall of Fame Gallery is free and open to the public.  A full list of Cardinals Hall of Famers can found at cardinals.com/HOF. #CardsHOF

A description of each 2022 Cardinals Hall of Fame nominee’s career as a Cardinal follows:

Steve Carlton (LHP)                                                                                                   Years on Ballot: 5

Years: 1965 – 1971        77-62, 3.10 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 1.28 WHIP, 66 CG, 16 SHO, 951 SO, 1265.1 IP (172 GS)

Steve Carlton

After reaching the big leagues as 20-year old in 1965, “Lefty” became a three-time All-Star during his seven seasons in St. Louis.  He won 14 games as a starter for the 1967 World Series championship team, and followed up with 13 wins the following season as the organization claimed its second consecutive pennant.  Carlton finished second in MLB with a 2.17 ERA in 1969 and was a 20-game winner in 1971.  He is only one of two pitchers in Cardinals history to have won at least 75 career games before reaching 27 years of age.

George Hendrick (OF)                                                                     Years on Ballot: 1

Years: 1978 – 1984           .294/.345/.470, 978 H, 187 2B, 122 HR, 582 RBI, 457 R, 270 BB (893 G)

Acquired via trade during the 1978 season, “Silent George” was a strong and steady presence for the Cardinals for seven seasons.  He lead the club in home runs and RBI four consecutive years from 1980-1983, receiving MVP votes in each of those seasons.  A two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Hendrick delivered the game-winning RBI in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series to seal his second career World Series title.  Hendrick finished his career with the Cardinals ranked fourth in OPS and fifth in home runs among all outfielders in franchise history.

Matt Holliday (OF)                                                                                                     Years on Ballot: 1

Years: 2009 – 2016        .293/.380/.494, 1048 H, 237 2B, 156 HR, 616 RBI, 573 R, 447 BB (982 G)

Matt Holliday made an immediate impact upon joining the Cardinals a week before the trade deadline in 2009, hitting .606 (20-for-33) with 3 HR and 10 RBI in his first nine games in St. Louis, including two four-hit performances.  After becoming a free agent at the end of that season, the Cardinals re-signed the slugging outfielder to the largest free agent contract in franchise history.  Holliday followed up with three straight All-Star appearances from 2010-12 (and another selection in 2015), a Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and a World Series championship in 2011.  He led the Cardinals in OPS for three consecutive seasons from 2012-2014 and received MVP votes in five of his rights seasons in St. Louis.  He smacked an emotional pinch-hit home run in his penultimate at-bat for the Cardinals, sending the home crowd into a frenzy that cumulated with a standing ovation.  Holliday ranks third all-time among Cardinals outfielders in career home runs and is tied for third among all players in postseason games played.

Matt Morris (RHP)                                                                                                   Years on Ballot: 7

Years: 1997 – 2005       101-62, 3.61 ERA, 3.77 FIP, 1.27 WHIP, 18 CG, 8 SHO, 986 SO, 1377.1 IP (206 GS)

Matt Morris made his Major League debut less than two years after being selected 12th overall in the 1995 amateur draft.  In his 1997 rookie season, Morris made 33 starts and finished with a 12-9 record and a 3.19 ERA, tying him for second in Rookie of the Year balloting.  A National League All-Star in 2001 and 2002, Morris finished third in Cy Young voting in 2001 after winning a Major League-best 22 games (the highest single-season win total for a Cardinals starting pitcher since 1970).  In his eight seasons with the club, Morris recorded six seasons with at least 11 wins (one of only 12 Cardinals pitchers to do so), won four division titles and started 11 postseason games (third-most in franchise history).  Matt’s 986 strikeouts ranks sixth on the club’s all-time list and his .620 winning percentage is seventh-best.

Edgar Renteria (SS)                                                                                                    Years on Ballot: 7

Years: 1999 – 2004             .290/.347/.420, 973 H, 207 2B, 71 HR, 451 RBI, 497 R, 148 SB (903 G)

Edgar Renteria played six seasons with the Cardinals and was named a National League All-Star three times (2000, 2003, 2004).  The Colombian shortstop won two Gold Gloves while with St. Louis in 2002 and 2003, and three Silver Slugger Awards in 2000, 2002 and 2003.  Renteria batted .330 in 2003, a franchise single-season record for a shortstop, as are the 47 doubles he hit that season.  His career high 100 RBI in 2003 ranks second among all St. Louis shortstops for a single season. Renteria’s 37 stolen bases in his first season with the Cardinals in 1999 are the most in a single-season since that time and his 148 steals while with St. Louis rank second in franchise history among shortstops. He ranks first all-time among Cardinals shortstops in OPS and top three in hits, extra base hits, home runs, RBI, and average.

 Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

The 8,000-square-foot St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on the second floor of Cardinals Nation in Ballpark Village celebrates the rich history of baseball in St. Louis and the legacy of one of baseball’s most storied franchises.  Since its creation in 2014, the Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones, has inducted 47 former Cardinal players, coaches and executives.  The Cardinals’ museum collection is the largest team-held collection in baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 22,000 memorabilia items and hundreds of thousands of archived photos.  Fans can learn more about the museum at cardinals.com/museum.

Brian Walton’s take

Given the recency of his success, Holliday has to be considered the odds-on favorite this year. But please don’t overlook the considerable accomplishments of the other four nominees, including first-timer “Silent” George Hendrick. Matt Morris anchored the rotation and won over 100 games before winning was an annual assumption. Renteria was Tony La Russa’s unofficial captain during the team’s best run in the current era and Carlton shouldn’t be written off because he later became a Hall of Famer with the Phillies. “Lefty’s” numbers with St. Louis stand tall on their own.

Lee Smith (Getty Images)

Former closer Lee Smith is the only Modern Era player to drop off the ballot from 2021, but could return later. The fan selection in 2021 was Keith Hernandez.

One reason the team again will be inducting just one Modern Era player rather than the two prior to 2021 is that the initial backlog of candidates has been exhausted. I concur with this decision, but with the expectation that a very special exception could be made about four years from now!

For those anxious to see ownership selections return to the annual inductions, note the wording in the release about states this as a given for 2022. Candidates could include Dave Duncan, Mike Gonzalez, Harry Caray, Helene Britton, Ernie Hayes, Buzzy Wares, Butch Yatkeman, and France Laux.

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